If you are someone that wants to read a good fantasy comic, look no further. Kurt Busiek and Benjamin Dewey’s The Autumnlands from Image Comics is a good example of a phenomenal comic book series in the fantasy genre for it has well-written characters, great artwork, and an amazing story. The Autumnlands Volume 1: Tooth and Claw is a six issue story, and is an overall brilliant first story arc for the entire series.
The story in The Autumnlands Volume 1: Tooth and Claw is that in a world inhabited by anthropomorphic animals, also exists magic. The magic in the world of The Autumnlands is fading which will cause the world to die. In order to prevent this from happening, a group of wizards summon “The Great Champion” to help their world from facing destruction. I would like to explain more, but I don’t want to because I really want people to read this series without being overly spoiled about it.
What makes The Autumnlands an amazing comic is how well of a job it does at establishing it’s own universe (especially in the first volume).
Benjamin Dewey’s artwork is very detailed, and it show’s amazing work from someone that’s new to the comic book industry.
Kurt Busiek’s writing is very top-notch, and allows the story to be incredible with amazing characters, good twists, and lot’s of creativity. His writing is also very good because he allows The first volume of The Autumnlands to succeed in being a brilliant beginning to the entire series as it the characters and story are well-developed.
My one problem with The Autumnlands is the lettering. While the lettering itself is done well, the speech bubbles don’t have black lines around them. This means whenever there’s a panel with a white background, the speech bubbles blend in and it causes confusion for the reader as it looks like the characters are speaking in their mind rather than from their mouths.
What I really appreciate about the Autumnlands is the fact that a big name well-established writer like Kurt Busiek has allowed a rising talent such as Benjamin Dewey to collaborate with him. Hopefully this series will allow Benjamin Dewey to become the superstar artist that he deserves to be.
The Autumnlands is a brilliant fantasy comic and Volume 1: Tooth and Claw is a phenomenal first story arc.
I give The Autumnlands Volume 1: Tooth and Claw Two Thumbs Up, and 5/5 Stars.